Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Sonoma County Wines

20. Porter Creek Carignane Mendocino County Old Vine (2010)

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Bitter apple, oil, shale, and juniper show lovely purity, freshness and intensity on the nose, with hints of gamey meats and nuanced, slightly smoky dark berry fruit topped with a hint of tar and lots of wild plum. In the mouth this is a bit rustic with firm but well judged tannins, but the masses of wild plum up front, followed by pure bright acidic red berry fruit, quickly buffer the tannins. This is a superbly honest wine with just has a touch of richness on the back end, and while it really has a drop dead gorgeous nose, it is a bit simple in the mouth. Still I would willingly drink a lot of this. 89 points
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  • 451405annwrite Totally agree about Porter of my favorite wineries. Their Carignane is wonderful, too. What about Mounts Winery and Thomas George (who took over the David Bruce property)? Great list.

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Thanks. I'll have to add visits to Mounts and Thomas George to my next visits out there so that i can report back!

  • 451405annwrite I love Copain Winery, too, in Sonoma County for Pinots and Michel Schlumberger. Cheers to your next trip!

  • 541617CarlJBonura I have been to Sonoma many times and have celebrated their Pinot Noir but except for Schug, I have not tasted any of these PNs. Wow, I have missed so many good ones, it seems! I agree with Annwrite that Copain wines are quite good and Thomas George, too. One of my favorite PN wineries is MacPhail. They used to be exclusively PN producers and everything I tasted was outstanding. Another recent PN discovery was from Kokomo Winery. Their 2008 Peter's Vineyard and the Gopher Hill PN are very good representations of the restrained approach to these wines. Salute`!

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz MacPhail is great but boy are the wines hard to find over here on the East Coast!

  • 541617CarlJBonura Not in the stores here on the South Coast, either. But I do order directly from time to time.

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